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Retreats


Take time to reflect, meditate and be nourished by meditations, and meaningful conversation in the peaceful environment of the world peace temple in Toronto. KMC Canada offers a variety of retreats including half-days, full days or week including our annual retreats. All of  these are open to everyone.  Although many of the sessions are unguided, there are always practitioners and teachers available to give instruction on how to engage in the retreat.  An introductory talk will usually be given at the beginning of the retreat as well. It is not necessary to attend the full week to take part in these retreats.  A chance to step away from the busyness of everyday life. Please contact us with any questions. Comfortable shared accommodations are available. Click here for more information and to book accommodation for your retreat.

Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Retreat
Mon-Tues April 14-15, 2014

1000Avalokiteshvara-eventThis special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. Engaging in this retreat is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all). Usually this practice is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts* being taken at the beginning of each day. On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. On both days, we do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted prayers. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day. *The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of 24 hours. For more information about precepts please click here.

GenKelsangChögyan-Copy-262x300Gen Kelsang Chögyan is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC). She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years, under the guidance of her teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Chögyan presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and accessible way for everyone to apply this profound wisdom in their daily life. Through her sincere example, she inspires many students to apply joyful effort in their practice of Dharma.
Schedule:

Retreat sessions
Precepts: 6.30am – 7.15am
Session 1: 7.15am – 8.30am
Session 2: 11am – 12.15pm
Session 3: 4.30pm – 5.45pm
At Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmcKMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

View map 1.866.523.2672 or 416.762.8033 info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

Mon:  $20
Tue:  $15
Centre card holders:
Mon:  $5
Tue:  free

Awakening the Heart

Learning to Love, An Urban Retreat
May 2-4, 2014

Learning to LoveWe often say “love is the answer” and “all you need is love”, but do we even know what real love is? And how much do we actually trust love? In our heart of hearts, are we willing to love?

During this weekend of teachings and retreat, Kelsang Denpa and Gen Kelsang Suma will lead us through a series of meditations on learning to love, exploring the reasons why love really is the answer, and encouraging us to take a firm decision to train in love.

Kelsang SumaGen Kelsang Suma is a Canadian Buddhist nun and the resident teacher at Jampa Ling Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Gen Kelsang Suma has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism since the mid-1990s. A mother and devoted practitioner, she is known for the warmth and clarity of her teachings.

 

 

 

Kelsang DenpaKelsang Denpa is a Canadian Buddhist nun and the resident teacher at Kuluta Buddhist Centre in Kingston, Ontario. She is a close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him. Kelsang Denpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.

FRIDAY
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:00 pm Learning to Love
SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 am Meditation Session 1: Gratitude
10:30-11:30 am Meditation Session 2: Interdependence
12:00-1:00 pm Meditation Session 3: Love, the protector
3:00-4:00 pm Meditation Session 4: Love, the creator
4:30-5:30 pm Meditation Session 5: Letting go into love
SUNDAY
9:00-10:30 am Unifying love and daily life
11:00am-12:45pm Prayers for World Peace

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmc KMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

1.866.523.2672 • 416.762.8033 • info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

WITH MEALS WITHOUT MEALS
Full retreat $70 $50
Fri Intro only $15 $10
Sat only $45 $35
Sun only $15 $10

*Meals include:

Fri – dinner
Sat – lunch & dinner
Sun – lunch

Please register online by clicking on the link below or by calling 416-762-8033

Register Now

Urban Retreat

Peace in a Hectic World
July 19, 2014
10am-1pm

Urban Retreat - Peace in a Hectic WorldCome escape from the stress and worries of the day into the stillness of your own mind. The retreat is excellent for beginners, and is a great opportunity for anyone to relax and become peaceful.

Teacher to be announced soon.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmc KMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

1.866.523.2672 • 416.762.8033 • info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

$20 / morning
$8 / session
free for centre card holders

Please register online by clicking on the link below or by calling 416-762-8033

Registration coming soon

Caring for the Deceased through Compassion

Aug 15-18, 2014

Caring for the Deceased through CompassionEveryday, we encounter death from close or far and as a result, we can feel powerless and discouraged. How wonderful it would be if we had methods to face unavoidable events with a calm mind.

Compassion is a powerful mind that goes beyond our ordinary thoughts and skills. Everyone can use the power of pure mind to benefit both themselves and others. This retreat is an opportunity to get familiar with a Buddhist meditation practice to improve our compassionate mind and benefit countless beings specifically for those who have passed away. During these few days, Gen Chogyan will share the powerful instructions which she will have received during the UK Summer Festival 2014.

GenKelsangChögyan-Copy-262x300Gen Kelsang Chögyan is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC). She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years, under the guidance of her teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Chögyan presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and accessible way for everyone to apply this profound wisdom in their daily life. Through her sincere example, she inspires many students to apply joyful effort in their practice of Dharma.
Schedule:

Starts Friday at 7:30pm with the introduction. Ends with lunch on Mon Aug 18. 4 sessions of 1h:30min /day. Full schedule coming soon…

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmc KMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

View map

1.866.523.2672 • 416.762.8033 • info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

Non-Centre card holders Centre card holders
Friday $15 $5
Saturday $40 $10
Sunday $40 $10
Monday $20 $5
Full retreat $95 $30

Please register online by clicking on the link below or by calling 416-762-8033

Registration coming soon

Urban Retreat

Positive Mind – Healthy relationships
Aug 23, 2014
10am-1pm

Urban Retreat - Positive Mind, Healthy RelationshipsIn this day retreat, experience relaxing guided meditations which lead both beginners and experienced meditators on an inner journey to expand and enjoy their good hearts. By learning to cherish others, we discover a deep inner peace and contentment that help us to relate to others in a pleasurable, positive and caring way.

Teacher to be announced soon.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmc KMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

1.866.523.2672 • 416.762.8033 • info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

$20 / morning
$8 / session
free for centre card holders

Please register online by clicking on the link below or by calling 416-762-8033

Registration coming soon

The stages of the path to happiness

The Power of Kadam Lamrim
Aug 28-Sept 1, 2014

The Stages of the Path to HappinessGive your mind a meaningful holiday which will bring about a powerful and positive transformation in your life. Allow yourself to be systematically guided through meditations on the Buddhist path in the calm and peaceful environment of KMCC. Inspired by the teachings given at the summer festival 2013 (UK), Gen Chögyan will share the essential practices of Kadam Lamrim

GenKelsangChögyan-Copy-262x300Gen Kelsang Chögyan is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC). She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years, under the guidance of her teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Chögyan presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and accessible way for everyone to apply this profound wisdom in their daily life. Through her sincere example, she inspires many students to apply joyful effort in their practice of Dharma.
Schedule:

Starts Thursday at 9am. Ends Monday at 9:45pm. 5 days, 4 sessions of 1hr:15min / day. Full schedule coming soon.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC)

kmc KMC Canada offers a perfect setting to engage in retreat. Enjoy morning silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and meaningful conversations, all in the inspiring environment of the world peace temple in Toronto.

631 Crawford Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3K1

View map

1.866.523.2672 • 416.762.8033 • info@kadampa.ca

Cost:

Non-Centre card holders Centre card holders
Thursday $40 $10
Friday $40 $10
Saturday $40 $10
Sunday $40 $10
Monday $35 $5
Full retreat $160 $45

*Meals included:

Friday to Sunday – 2 meals
Monday – 1 meal

Please register online by clicking on the link below or by calling 416-762-8033

Registration coming soon

I had no prior experiences with Buddhism when I took part in my first retreat at the Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada. The website described it as a course on how to be happy, and that is exactly what it was. For ten days we meditated on the beautiful teachings of Lamrim, the stages of the path to Enlightenment. For me, this was a whole new way to live, to love, and to understand existence. The staff and volunteers were awesome, so warm and approachable, and they patiently answered my many questions. There is a real sense of community here, where everyone pitches in. We shared ideas, laughter, delicious vegetarian meals, and a cozy room at night. I especially loved the silence every morning when no one talks. It helps me to return for retreats now and then to renew and deepen my spiritual connection to Buddha. I wholehearted recommend these retreats to anyone. They are truly life-changing!      ~ Vera

Specialized Retreats

Specialized retreats are designed for people who have received highest yoga tantra empowerment to get familiar and deepen their tantric practice. Pre-registration is required.